Accept the 2014 Food Shelf Challenge from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and NACE Foodshelf this July.
You can help the families we serve make great meal time memories
What if you had to decide which of your children will eat today because there isn’t enough food in the house for everyone? Summer should be a time for relaxation and vacation. But for many Minnesota families, summer is a stressful time. With children out of school and out of school meal programs, many parents worry about how to feed everyone in the house. And no child should go without food.
Make a bigger impact on hunger in our community this July
Every day, Minnesota food shelves serve 3,500 children. Last July NACE had 990 visitors, 363 of whom were children. You can make a real difference this year, by donating throughout the month of July.The more you donate, the larger our food shelf’s grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. The challenge funds will proportionally match your donation. Your donation will go farther due to our buying power. We can purchase food from our food bank for pennies on the pound. $55 will purchase 450 lbs. of food and feed 3 families of 3 for 6 days.
Thank you for opening Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless.
Since 1986, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has targeted millions of dollars to strategically fight hunger in Minnesota. Open Your Heart funds the purchase and transfer of more than one million pounds of fresh produce, meat and dairy products every year through Hunger Solutions Minnesota. Open Your Heart also provides grants for food shelves and food banks to get the equipment they need—like freezers, shelving and trucks—to be able to serve the growing number of Minnesotans who can’t afford enough food for their families.
Minnesota's nonprofit organizations including the NACE Foodshelf are asking you to give to your favorite charities at www.GiveMN.org during the fifth annual "Give to the Max Day" on November 14. The idea is to raise much money as possible for nonprofit organizations in 24 hours (midnight on November 14 to midnight on November 15).
The North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf and Clothing Closet (NACE) is part of "Give to the Max Day" and we encourage everyone to support the families in need in our community by making a donation on November 14 through the GiveMN program. GiveMN has raised more than $33 million for more than 5,000 nonprofits since its 2009 debut. Last year's "Give to the Max Day" drew more than 53,000 donors. As a result, $16.3 million was raised for the participating nonprofit organizations. Last year NACE received $1498 in online donations. We can accept donations at the food shelf as well on November 14. While those numbers don’t count towards the leaderboards or Golden tickets, the money is used to purchase food for families in need.
GiveMN offers several incentives to encourage nonprofit organizations and donor participation in "Give to the Max Day." There are four leaderboard categories, hourly golden tickets and power hours. Golden Tickets are hourly drawings that add $1,000 to a person’s donation, randomly selected from donors who gave during each hour of the event.
This is a great time to make a special donation to NACE and to support the hungry in our community with a chance to win additional money throughout the Give to the Max Day event! Just go to www.nacefoodshelf.org and click on the Donate Now button on November 14 to make your donation. It’s easy to do and just $10 gives NACE the buying power to feed a family.
Just a few updates to you from NACE.
Welcome: Colleen Young has joined NACE as our part-time Distribution and Volunteer Coordinator. Colleen’s focus is working with volunteers and the intake/distribution program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Expect to hear from her via email in the future as well as see her around NACE and at events. Colleen initially joined NACE as a volunteer with the Ham Lake Lions and is a resident of Ham Lake. Please join us in welcoming her to the NACE team.
Open Your Heart Grant Challenge: NACE and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Fourth Annual $150,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart will match donations to NACE during the month of July, up to $5,000. The more funds we raise in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart will be. Minnesota food shelves raised over $1,000,000 last year with this grant and hope to outpace that this year.
Community Garden: Do you have a green thumb? Do you have some volunteers with green thumbs? The garden is up and the lettuce has been harvested once. Now we are in need of volunteers willing to help with weeding, watering and harvesting through the summer months. It can be on a regular basis or whenever you remember to stop by and check. Produce can be brought to NACE for distribution but as it is a community garden, volunteers are welcome to take some home as well. Please contact Shana or Colleen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to help.
Holiday Baskets: Yes, we are already planning for the holidays! NACE will be doing holiday baskets a bit different this year by having clients register for Christmas in July (and August). This will give us a fairly accurate count of how many baskets we will need. The plan is to hand out baskets the Friday before Thanksgiving this year. If you have questions or would like to help out, let us know.
Summer Bags: NACE provides extra bags of kid-friendly food to families during the summer months. If you know of someone struggling with hunger this summer, please let them know NACE can help replenish some of the meals missing due to the absence of school breakfasts and lunches.
Approximately 8% of the population of Anoka County struggles with food insecurity – the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food. Every day, NACE strives to fill that hunger gap in North Anoka County and educate our community on ways we can all fight hunger. On March 21, the local Lion and Lioness groups are sponsoring NACE’s annual Empty Bowls Event. This event not only provides funds for the food shelf to purchase needed food but is also a symbol of the bowls we are working to fill in our community. All funds raised will be included as part of the March Campaign and Feinstein Foundation’s $1 Million Giveaway.
The Minnesota Foodshare or March Campaign is a grassroots effort to stock Minnesota food shelves. All cash and food donations NACE receives during the month of March are eligible for matching funds based on amount of donations and the number of people NACE serves during March. In 2012, NACE received a check for $4241.85 in matching funds.
NACE also participates in the Feinstein Foundation’s $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger. This is a matching donation to NACE based on monetary and food donations received during March and April. In 2012, NACE received $442 from The Feinstein Family.
Empty Bowls will be held March 21 from 5-7:30pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (19921 Nightingale St. NW) in Oak Grove. Cost is a free will donation. This event includes a soup dinner with crackers, bars, ice cream and popcorn with all proceeds benefiting the NACE Foodshelf. Attendees will be able to take home a ceramic bowl made by the Anoka Ramsey Community College Ceramic Guild or the Andover High School Art Club and will also have the opportunity to bid on many items in the live and silent auctions.
Click a button and raise a dollar for North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf (NACE); how simple is that! Last November and December, Connexus Energy did just that for three local food shelves: ACBC in Anoka; NACE in East Bethel; and Family Pathways in Cambridge.
During those two months, Connexus ran a Facebook promotion requesting new likes for the Connexus Energy Facebook page. For each new like the page received, one dollar was donated to each of the three food shelves. As a result of that Facebook campaign, Connexus has 1822 more likes on their Facebook page and each of the three food shelves received a check for $1822 or a total donation from Connexus of $5,466.
NACE will use the donation to purchase food for distribution at the foodshelf. Every $1 donated to NACE gives us $8.60 in purchasing power from local food banks. Therefore we can purchase $15,669 in food with the donation from Connexus. NACE has already seen 611 clients and distributed 12,640 pounds of food in the first 3 weeks of 2013. NACE would like to thank Connexus Energy for their support of families in need in North Anoka County.
I remember the excitement the day my kids first got their bikes. And the pride I felt at being a part of that rite of passage to independence. To be part of that excitement and pride thirty times this past December was a highlight of the year for staff at NACE. All thanks to Bikes4Kids and the Ham Lake Lions for providing 30 bikes for 30 children whose families needed assistance from NACE in 2012.
To make the happiness of giving away restored bikes with new helmets and safety/care manuals even better was the moment a young boy returned his bike to NACE. He had received a 2nd bike for Christmas and wanted some other child to get the same experience as him. What a joyful moment! We at NACE give a big and heartfelt “Thank you” to Bikes4Kids and the Ham Lake Lions for including NACE and helping make the 2012 holiday season better for 30 kids in need in our community.